Early Christians: “The earth is the center of the universe, because the Bible says so.”
Early Christians: “The Earth is flat because the Bible says so.”
Copernicus and Galileo: “No it isn’t.”
Some modern Christians: “Homosexuality is a sin because the Bible says so.”
The “Homosexual Agenda”: “No, it isn’t.”
Fundamentalist Christians obviously have a bad track record when it comes to interpreting Scripture. The examples above and the parable below illustrate how inaccurate information causes them to make (and defend) assertions devoid of rational thought and compassion.
A fish has no idea of what life is like for a bird. She observes the bird nesting in a tree and thinks, “Why would he choose to live there, instead of in the water?” Her lack of understanding leads her to decide that the bird is wrong for living in a tree, (even though it’s impossible for him to breathe underwater), and she tells him so. She goes on to say how he’s going to die if he doesn’t accept the water as his one and only home. When the bird replies that living in the tree is his only choice, the fish then responds, “You’re endangering the other fish by pushing your tree-dwelling agenda!” But like many fish, she has mistaken her perception for the truth.
The bird is just trying to live his life. He has no agenda. It was the fish who brought this battle to him, not the other way around. There have been “birds” in every culture and in every kingdom of nature since the dawn of time. It is no more a choice for the bird to live in a tree than it is for the fish to live in the water.